Talley Ho
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:39:56 PST

Hi Dee, and
everyone else out there.  I’ve been a
member and ardent follower for some time now and learned so much from all of
your comments and conversations—thank you for that.  With this discussion about Veltheimia
capensis and V. bracteata I thought I’d add my two cents worth.  My wife, Jane, and I have a small side
business (teachers first and foremost) growing various favorite plants for fun
and profit.  V. bracteata is one of those
plants and we grow them by the thousands. 
A little like Johnny Appleseed in the respect that we give away more
than we sell as they are such prolific seeders—we recently donated seeds to the
BX and will againJ. 
To give you an idea about our growing conditions, we are on the beach
just south of Santa Barbara,
 CA.  We have experienced only one freeze in 35


Getting to
the point, after looking at the posted photo I wanted to share that in our grow-out
bed we see this effect on a regular basis. 
It usually presents itself in four-year old or older plants as they make
their first push after “dormancy.”  We
used to isolate plants that displayed this behavior (hoping they were sports) but
have found that it is inconsistent, not repeating itself season to season, or
in fact, leaf to leaf.  At times it has
been so pronounced as to resemble the pattern and color of watermelon peperomia
leaves (for those of you who know this plant). 
One observation we’ve discussed is that it seems to be the hardiest of
bulbs/plants that tend to show the longitudinal striping.  We fertilize all of our garden and beds using
constant feed, quarter strength, balanced fertilizer three seasons.  We are out of the country annually for the
winter so the plants fend for themselves during that time.


All in all
what I want to impart is that I agree with Peter that it is likely not a virus.  Cheers from sunny Zihuatenejo, Mexico (winter
home in the tropics), Ray


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